Thursday, August 13, 2009

Grandma Mac's Homemade Chicken Spaghetti

A fresh homemade tomato sauce and a whole cooked hen make for one of my favorite spaghetti dishes in memory of my grandma.
A fresh homemade tomato sauce and a whole cooked hen make for one of my favorite spaghetti dishes in memory of my grandma.

Grandma Mac's Homemade Chicken Spaghetti

 I've been thinking about my Grandma Mac a lot here lately. I was looking for a document on an old desktop PC that I rarely use anymore, and I ran across a letter I'd written to my Grandma when she went to stay with my aunt in Alabama, shortly before she died.

She had started having a bit of dementia by this time and I had written the letter in that manner, "remember that they are in Japan" and "this is Rosalie, my aunt, Mama's sister." I was still working then, no Hurricane Katrina had passed our way, my sister in law Teresa, who later died just before her 40th birthday from breast cancer, was still living then, and we had just finally sold my parents house, several years after they had both passed. A lot had happened in just a few years.

When I was packing up my Mama's china at her old house, one of the last things I packed up, I wrote a little short story about the experience when I got home, and I had sent a copy of it to my Grandma. Packing up that china was an emotional moment - one day I'll post that story and you'll see what I mean. There are a lot of memories behind that china.

Anyway, I had also sent her several pictures of family and typed the letter in large print so that she hopefully could read it on her own if she wanted to. Seeing that letter made me smile but also sad at the same time - does that make sense? I miss visiting with my Grandma and chatting over coffee and pound cake, but this dish was my most favorite Sunday dinner meals that she prepared for us often.

Now ... first, this is not the chicken spaghetti casserole that is combined with cheese and baked. This is a true tomato based sauce similar to its meatball and meat sauce cousin, so no cheese! This is also a 'from scratch' homemade sauce - meaning it is made with fresh tomatoes - not canned tomatoes, meaning, well, it takes just a little more prep and time, and for some of you that might mean that it's a weekend dish. In my opinion, it is totally worth it!

Course you can substitute canned tomatoes if you need too. But heck, while in tomato season, why not use up some of those garden fresh babies? You'll notice the difference in the flavor though between canned and fresh, trust me. I also prefer this spaghetti with the very thin, vermicelli noodles, because that's how my Grandma made it, but any spaghetti noodle you happen to have on hand will work. I hope you give this a try - it really is just good homemade food!

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